Saturday, January 07, 2006

“Remember to smile”

I can not recall where this story begins…But I somehow have heard it long long time…Comes to me as a tale which have rooted itself deep inside my soul….In the land of Japan and once upon time there was this lady, who made sure to wake up early every morning to great her town people with a smile> She also did the same when everyone returns from long day of harvesting and work. Again welcoming her people with a smile. A daily ritual that begins presenting nothing else but a smile to the people of her town and continued to do so for many years.

Then that face was no longer standing smiling with the first ray of sunlight. In fact her gentle smile was the ray of sunlight that energized each of who got a glimpse of her. The days started to crawl in silence and emptiness, naturally the town people noticed that she is no longer gifting the town with a smile. On asking about her, they got to know that she has been taken ill.

To those who have visited her were able to witness the remarkable

Originally uploaded by gtstuff.

altitude of her persona. On her tiny bed she lied their with her pale face, a feather with her tiny fragile body. Though she was ill she took on her to smile and strangely enough, she had one thing which she held tight to her a little note-book from time to time she will open and then will carry on smiling. No one knew what was written in her book till she died, that is when they gathered the courage to look. The book had just empty pages and on the first page there was only a line of three words “Remember to smile”

If this heart is aching
Carries many fatigue of pain
Whisper to it softly :
Remember to smile
Light up the flame inside
Flame of hope that ceases grief of time
Heals the sorrow blamed on life
To ease the earthly ride
Candling a laughter of a child
If it stops:
Remind this heart with pride
Once again to remember to smile
For each phase of life
Is a fading tide

copyright 2006 nasra al adawi

P.S. Thanks gtstuff for the photo


Blogger Ajay said...

hey nice poem mate....

8:40 PM  
Blogger GEL said...

While working late, very early in the morn (1 a.m.), I noticed an internet smile sparkle across my screen in friendly greeting. :)

I came in here with a spring in my fingers. I've heard of this story, too. Lovely poem: I like "whisper to it softly) and beautiful photograph. I adore candles. The flame of hope is an intergral part of my philosophy. :)

10:04 PM  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

Thanks for the reminder. A smile is definitely something to share with others. Your poem showed me that even if the body falls weak to sickness, the spirit can still shine brightly.

10:45 PM  
Blogger camera shy said...

what a wonderful story
how timely
it was a pleasrue to read your work
thanks for stopping by my site

8:11 AM  
Blogger Silly Adventures said...

Remembered to smile? Yeah,just did and will go straight to bed now.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

CAUGHT Part 2 is ready! I hope you like it. I've used your words.

I'll be back to read your work very soon. My eyes are very tired right now.


3:52 PM  
Anonymous Pallavi said...

Such a nice thought there..
THanks for passing by my page Nasra.. :) Wishing you a very happy new year too

10:12 PM  
Blogger Zofo The Hermit of Wandering Thoughts said...

nice, simple but essential.c

2:08 AM  
Blogger elkenarra said...

many times my life is shocked or bored by events like waves or powerful tide. smile is like free ecstasy in this time. it seems to me well to do people just smile and bow, like a peaceful japanese woman. but is not. it's just a gratitude for any time of my stupid and little life. thanks to love, admiration and hope. thanks to a wonderful gift. do you see, nasra? i need more than a three words.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Faith said...


inspiring story.. your words are beautiful..

thanks for the reminder :)

Happy Eid to you dear..

1:25 PM  
Blogger Lorena said...

how beautiful nasra! you bring sunshine with your inspirational writing as well. thanks for sharing this and i'll make sure to make myself a note and put it by computer with this message.

beautiful poem to accompany this story.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Shubhodeep said...


9:33 PM  
Blogger iamnasra said...

Im glad you have visted by blog and liked my poem

Its nice to get this smiles when you so deep drowning in thoughts and a smile flickers on ur PC. Like wise your words are the glittering stars it shines always

I like what you say even if the body falls weak to sickness, the spirit still shine brightly
Your words made had truely inlighted this soul of mine

Blog this
Its good to see you over here in my little cottage Thnk you for your kind visit

Silly Adventure
You are one of the personalties I awlays see them smiling, at least in my mind

Queen neetee
You are really talented. I would not able to write stories with selective words by others...

Its been awhiel I did not visted your blog..Im glad I did

Zofo The Hermit of Wandering Thought
Its nice to have you here

The Story Teller ( elkenarra )
I know at times it takes more than smile but let be the opening arms for for hope and blodness to come

I missed reading your work Happy Eid to you too ان شاء الله يكون باب خير لنا ولجميع المسلمين
مع تحياتي الخاصة ليش

Im delighted it had touched you

Im happy to see you visiting my website..wellcome

12:12 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

A smile that streatched around the world, they say that smiles have healing powers and I believe this truly, as sadness can also make you fade away, lovely

12:23 PM  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

It's difficult not to light up with a feeling of warmness and start smiling yourself when someone genuinely smiles at you like that. Such a simple story, but so true.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...

What a lovely, lovely story. It's so kind and warm and promising of a continued life even though the disappointments in life may interrupt it.

Thank you so much for sharing. The way you tell it is so obvious that you have invested love and a belief in it yourself.

Thank you for remembering it and for encouraging us all not to forget it.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Hopeless Poet said...

A smile can always do amazing things to others if it is honest and sincere! And it can help in someone's career too :P

10:53 AM  
Blogger J said...

i love the play of light n darkness in that pic

4:51 AM  
Blogger TripleTee said...

nasra... I wanna see you try something holding the exact same rhythm in each line... and all must rhyme...

1:24 AM  
Blogger Danny Sillada said...

Inspiring story, lovely poem.

7:36 AM  
Blogger msudhakaran77 said...

nasra is now a voice known to poetry lovers in the entire kerala state, india and the population is 3 crors because many a number of arabic thoughts in many poems appeared in leading publication.soon a copy of the book will be at your hands.poems are not for makng money but only fame.m.sudhakaran, judge

10:51 AM  

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